I grew up watching Disney Princesses flicks, so to this day I always have a fondness for animated movies. Well, as I mentioned in my Films That Define Us post, one of the movies that left a lasting impression on me is Sleeping Beauty. But I’ve grown out of the fairy tale love story stuff and have since embraced pretty much everything Pixar has to offer, hence my top five Pixar characters list.
Suffice to say, it’s virtually impossible to pick just ONE favorite animated flick. As rules are meant to be broken, I’m going to list FIVE of them instead, as I shared in Peter’s Gimme 5 post series:
- Sleeping Beauty
Gorgeous visuals, beautiful music (I still hum Once Upon a Dream from time to time), enchanting story, memorable villain. What else would you ask for? Briar Rose remains my favorite Princess to this day. The quintessential Disney masterpiece I can enjoy for years to come.
- Chicken Run
It’s technically a stop-motion animation using clay figures, I adore the look of the movie. Based on the movie The Great Escape set in WWII POW camp, Ginger and her friends are imprisoned in the Tweedys chicken farm. Well-written and witty, this movie is pure fun and heartwarming. It even makes me feel a bit guilty eating a chicken sandwich afterward 🙂
- The Little Mermaid
I LOVE Ariel! As far as princesses go, she’s by far one of the most relatable as she is like a typical teenager, giggly and naive… and who hasn’t had a major crush on a guy so much you’re willing to give up everything to be with him? I actually had a bit of a crush on Eric, too. Yeah I know he’s a cartoon but that’s how good this movie is! 🙂 Plus, there’s that adorable lobster friend Sebastian. Oh, and the music, especially Kiss the Girl and Under the Sea, absolute classic and downright entertaining!
- Beauty & The Beast
A classic story with a timeless appeal. Disney REALLY upped the ante with this movie, too. The production quality and the dramatic camera movement, especially in the dance sequence in the chandelier-ed ballroom, was at the time, quite innovative and breathtaking to behold. As with any Disney flicks, the supporting characters are fun to watch, but never distracts us from the heart of the love story.
I never would’ve thought I’d enjoy a story about a mute little robot working in the trash department in a post-apocalyptic world. But Pixar’s genius is in creating such a sympathetic character that my eyes were hardly dry throughout the entire movie. I don’t just like this movie, I LOVE it. There’s a believable and sweet love story in this, too. Trust me, it’s even more affecting than the human version in a lot of those banal rom-coms!
Honorable mentions: Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc., Toy Story 3, The Lion King, A Bug’s Life, and all Disney Princesses movies! 🙂
So, what about you? What are some animated movies that tickle your fancy?
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1. ROBIN HOOD.
2. Sleeping Beauty.
4. The Sword in the Stone.
5. The Little Mermaid/The Incredibles.
Yeah, I’m a Disney fanatic. What can you do?
Awesome picks, Sam! Glad you love SB, too. If I had a top 10, Cinderella would make the list for sure. Never heard of #4 before.
Hey – aren’t you that blogger I heard about on The Film Cynics?
Great list – it might very well match mine to the the letter…perhaps the only non-mentioned ‘toon I’d sub in is IRON GIANT.
He..he.. that was nice of them to mention lil’ blogger like me. Never seen Iron Giant, but with you and Peter vouching for it, I better check it out one day.
1. Spirited Away
2. Princess Mononoke
3. Beauty & The Beast
4. The Lion King
5. Grave of the Fireflies
If you haven’t seen 1,2 and 5, you should everything you are doing and watch those!
We should what Castor? 😀 Y’know I’ve always wanted to see Spirited Away, ok it’s on my Netflix queue now.
Spirited Away is great. I remember being less impressed with Howl’s Moving Castle.
I do NEED to see Akira though.
Wow, I don’t think I’ve heard bad things about Spirited Away. I have such a high expectation for that movie now.
Great 5 here! I wasn’t as crazy about WALL*E as most people, but love your first four. Lots o’ Disney! I would have to put Dumbo as my favorite Disney flick. Other favs: Monsters, Inc., Beauty and the Beast, and my favorite animated film is the Iron Giant….love that one!!!
I never thought I’d be so into WALL*E but it truly moved me. Monsters, Inc. would be in my Top 10, I looove Mike Wazowksi!
rtm, did you ever check out perspolis?
The reason i asked under this post is because its a animated movie
No, I haven’t. That’s the one you mentioned about the young Iranian girl, right? I will definitely check it out one day.
Yes. Also, i made a few posts in the chameleon/typecast thread that you didn’t repkly to. Not saying you have to, but i reading your responses
I thought I did but apparently I missed one, sorry. I was so swamped that day when the article got posted in IMDb, took me a while to get through all the comments. Some great insights in there.
And is the only movie where you’ll find Iggy Pop and Sean Penn teamed up.
WOW, now that’s a duo you don’t see every day 😀
3. Jungle Book